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Real Valladolid secure promotion to La Liga top flight after playoff triumph

Real Valladolid earned promotion to the top flight in La Liga after drawing with Numancia 1-1 on Saturday to win their playoff final 4-1 on aggregate.

Numancia, facing a three-goal deficit from their home defeat in the first leg, finally got on the board when Manuel del Moral scored in the 87th minute.

But Jaime Mata levelled the second leg match in stoppage time and Valladolid celebrated their return to the Primera Division for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

They will join Segunda...

By ESPN Staff

Peru defender Alexander Callens seals move to NYCFC

Alexander Callens has moved to Major League Soccer with NYCFC.

New York City FC signed Peru international defender Alexander Callens from Spanish club Numancia on Friday.

Callens, 24, has played in Spain for the past six seasons, spending four years with Real Sociedad's reserves before moving to second-tier Numancia.

The center-back moves to MLS on a free transfer.

"I'm really happy to welcome Alexander to the squad. He's an international defender with the characteristics we look for in his position," NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said in a statement.

"On...

Ex-Sydney FC star Naumoff queries
A-League's heart screening process

Chris Naumoff made 44 appearances for Sydney FC during his time at the club.

Former Sydney FC winger Chris Naumoff has alleged the A-League club may have known about a heart condition that forced him into retirement at the age of 21.

After three seasons with the Sky Blues, Naumoff -- a former Young Socceroos and Olyroos representative -- penned a dream three-year deal in June with Spanish second division side Numancia.

However, the move was scrapped after a routine medical examination revealed he suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic disease which can trigger...